Table & Executive Officers

President – Tammy Carter

I started working with School District 67 in January of 2007 as an Education Assistant.  I live in Summerland with my husband Shawn, and we have two adult kids.  March 6th, 2021, I became the President for Local 523.  Before this role, I was the Unit Chair for School District 67 and before that I was the 3rd Vice President.    Before sitting on the executive, I was involved in the Unit as the education person as well as assisting the Unit Chair with various activities and planning events for our unit, I was also a Shop Steward for a very short time in SD67.  I have sat on the CUPE BC Education Committee for two years and currently sit on the CUPE BC K-12 Committee for the upcoming two years.  I am the communication person and trustee for the Okanagan Mainline District Council (OMDC) and the treasurer for the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council (SOBLC).  I have experience at the SOBLC table as a secretary role before the treasurer role.  I am very proud to be part of Local 523 and look forward to continuing my activism in the role as President.  Thank you for the support and for all that you do. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 250-462-3343 or email 

Secretary Treasurer – Kyle Clark


Phone: 236-301-1099 (cell)



Recording Secretary – Erica McDowell

I started working with School District 67 in 2008 as a CEA and I have been fortunate to serve on the Executive as your Recording Secretary for the past 8 years. Before becoming a CEA, I worked as a Graphic Artist in the print industry, this experience has aided me to help implement new ways to communication with members as technology evolves.

Phone: 250-462-8590       Email:     

1st Vice President – Shawn Melnyk 

I have been a CEA in School District 67 (Penticton) for the past 6 years, prior to that I was a CEA in School District 36 (Surrey) for 6 years as well.  I have currently been the 1st Vice President for Local 523 over a year where I have been supporting our members with grievances with their employers and supporting our units Shop Stewards.

Phone: 604-202-9500        Email:     

2nd Vice President – Morgan Turland


Phone:  250-515-0858


3rd Vice President – Devon Brindley


Phone:  778-686-4787



Indigenous Workers’ Representative – Sherri Havig


Phone:  250-870-6784




SD53 – Charlene Turnbull

I am a Education Assistant for School District 53, at Osoyoos Secondary School.  I have been a Union Activist for the past 6 years and I take my Union Positions seriously and will not let you down. Okanagan Proud & Strong!!!

Any Questions please Contact me at 250-485-7302 or email    


SD67 – Terri Phillips

I have been a CEA since 2004 and have been with the Okanagan Skaha district since 2007. I love the job and am happy to have gotten more involved with the union. I have recently started this position as Unit Chair for SD67 and am finding it both exciting and challenging. As your Unit Chair, I am here to support you, the members! Any Questions please Contact me at 250-488-6968 or email


SD83 – Courtney Thomson


My name is Courtney Thomson, I have been a CEA since 2018 at SD83 in the North District on the unceded territories of the Okanagan/Sqilixw/Syilx and Splatsin People. My husband and I moved here from the coast with our two beautiful children. The adjustment has been exceptional. We cherish every day and are thankful for the life we have been given.

My journey into the Union was a blessing, I was voted to go to conventation and I feel like the rest was history. I have been involved in the Entertainment committee and a Shop Steward for SD83. I have recently started this position as Unit Chair, thank you for giving me the opportunity to advocate for you and with you.

Phone: 604-854-0423 


NOYFSS – Vacant





TPCS – Zoey Froemgen


Phone: 780-238-5131



SCS – Vacant





Unit & Steward Contact Information:


Turning Points – Contact Info

NOYFSS – Contact Info

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SD53 – Contact Info

SD67 – Contact Info

SD83 – Contact Info


  • Nancy Boisvenue, member from SD83
  • Sylvia Lindgren, member from SD83
  • Jennifer Harper, member from SD83


CUPE Local523

#101 – 416 Westminster Ave. W. Penticton, BC, V2A 1K5

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